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The Rules of Writing According to 20 Famous Writers

Few professions are as solitary yet as full of advice as writing. You do it alone, usually, but everyone you meet is an expert in what writers do, …

Writing Your First Novel: Five Fundamentals for Your Path to the Pulitzer

Autumn is the season when word processors develop twitches in keyboards. Writers emerge from summers abroad, agents hunger for a new voice, publishers finally release the hidden gems that will save their industry. Book reviews burst with new titles and bestseller lists change faster than television …

How To Know When It Is Time To Upgrade Your Photography Gear

Almost every photographer wants to own a better camera, right? But then again, not every photographer really needs a better camera. So how does one …

Photography

Developing a Better Photography Brand (Hint: It May Include Hiring A Designer)

When we hear the word “brand”, the McDonalds arches, Nike’s swoosh logo or the Coca Cola script immediately jump to mind. These ubiquitous brands …

Episode VII Will Be Most Expensive Star Wars Ever, Says Disney

Early filming has begun on the still-untitled Star Wars Episode VII, Disney chairman Alan Horn has confirmed — and for the first time, the movie has …

Stephen King: How I wrote Carrie

The author describes the inspirations for his first novel, and how the horror landmark – 40 years old this week – was very nearly destroyed<p>• Top horror writers on the lasting impact of Carrie • Carrie at 40 - quiz<p>While he was going to college my brother Dave worked summers as a janitor at Brunswick …

How to write jacket copy that will help sell your book

Jacket copy: that briefest of descriptions which must, at quick glance, convey to a potential reader all the brilliance and complexity of your book. …

What's in a Name? What Type of Writer are YOU?

If literary history has anything to say about it, trying to figure what type of writer you are might be an effort in futility? Or so said the Bard, …

Writing

What's Your First Draft Like? – Lisa Cutts

Sitting in the first draft hot seat today is crime writer, Lisa Cutts.<p>Lisa Cutts is an award winning, Kent based crime author and is signed to Myriad …

6 Writing Lessons from Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window

It has gotten to the point where I can’t watch a film or TV show, read a book, listen to a song, or play a video game without thinking…<i>What can this</i> …

Grace Kelly

10 Famous Writers Who Hated Writing

Sometimes I hate writing. That's not to say I hate the writing of others, though I occasionally do, and that's not to say I hate my own writing, though I often do, but rather that I sometimes hate the commission of the act of writing. I hate it when I have nothing to say, which is most of the time, …

10 Things Every Writer Needs

Everybody needs a toolbox, and while the sort of writer you are will determine exactly what you need in yours this list can hopefully give you some …

How Do You Write a Novel? Six Things that Stay the Same Every Time - Holly Robinson

My friend Susan Straight and I have been swapping manuscripts-in-progress since graduating from the MFA program at the University of Massachusetts, …

6 Keys to Revising Your Fiction

<b>1) Make sure you’re in love.</b> I’m not a genius, my stories are not born lovely and perfect, their language strong, their plot lean and exciting. I …

Great Advice For New Writers and Novelists

When I started writing <i>The Green Shore,</i> I didn’t call it a novel. It was a “project,” or “this thing I’m working on,” or maybe even a novella, but a …

Writing

Workplace Drama Structure Similar to Hollywood Drama Screenplay - Personal Branding Blog - Stand Out In Your Career

<i>A good friend of mine and former college roommate studied film and screen writing. He’s had a number of his screen plays picked up on option by</i> …

The Workplace

How many words do you write a day? And do you have to force yourself? How successful authors do it

This question appeared in my inbox from Adam Nicholls after I reported on Facebook that I’d managed 4,000 words of <i>The Mountains Novel</i> in one day. …

The Intentional Writer: Finding the Time, Space, and Inspiration You Need to Write

Shares 636<p>OLD POST ALERT! This is an older post and although you might find some useful tips, any technical or publishing information is likely to be …

How to Start Your Novel: Advice From Literary Agents

<i>This column is excerpted from Guide to Literary Agents, from Writer’s Digest Books.</i><p>No one reads more prospective novel beginnings than literary …

10 Ways to Launch Strong Scenes | Writer's Digest

Any story or novel is, in essence, a series of scenes strung together like beads on a wire, with narrative summary adding texture and color between. …

Creative Writing

19 Writing Tips From Writers And Editors For The New Yorker

Secrets on reporting and storytelling from some of the best in the business.<p>How does Susan Orlean find her profile subjects? How does Malcolm Gladwell get his sources to speak with him? How does Sarah Stillman bring the characters in her stories to life? Thanks to the <i>Longform</i> podcast, we listened …

Writing

Are 'grammar Nazis' ruining the English language?

Split infinitives make them shudder and they’d never end a sentence with a preposition. But linguist Geoffrey Pullum has a message for all grammar pedants: you're wrong<p>Imagine a world in which biology was taught using no textbooks written later than 1795; a world in which the advances of the …

Advice that every young writer needs to hear...

<b>Rick Riordan,</b> author of the Percy Jackson series, says there are three rules every writer needs to follow…<p>And <b>Ceridwen Dovey</b>, author of “Blood Kin,” …

5 Successful Writers Who Received Rejection Letters

<i>By: ScreenCraft contributor Alexandra Evans</i><p>Even the best of the best start from humble beginnings and fail along their journey to stardom. Here are …

Literature

The Common Elements of Good Storytelling

<i>Paul Jarvis is a Web designer and bestselling author, who’s obsessed with nature and hairless rats. His latest book, Everything I Know, is a guide to freelancing as a creative professional.</i><p>My favourite activity while I lived in Tofino, BC was attending my artist friend, Roy Henry Vickers’ …

Publishing: Why You Should Care About Ebook vs Print Formatting

Shares 516<p>OLD POST ALERT! This is an older post and although you might find some useful tips, any technical or publishing information is likely to be …

Stock Characters in Storytelling

Stock and Cloned Characters in Storytelling<p>Posted by Melissa Donovan on March 15, 2018 ·<p>Are you using stock characters in your stories?<p>I was recently …

Creative Writing

Bad Advice: 10 writers on the tips that did no good

A google search for ‘writing tips’ provides 1.9 million results. And you can’t walk down a Twitter-street without someone proffering their …

Creative Writing

Samsung NX mini SMART camera announced

Samsung officially announced their previously rumored NX Mini SMART camera with a 20MP 1" CMOS sensor and three new lenses. The camera kit is priced …